IVF pregnancy - is induction at 40 weeks necessary ?
September 4, 2013 2:08 PM Subscribe
My wife is 20 weeks pregnant - we conceived via IVF. We went for an ultrasound scan the other day and afterwards spoke to a consultant. She told us that because of the IVF, she recommended that labour should be induced if the baby hadn't come by 40 weeks. We'd much rather have a home birth, which wouldn't be possible with an induction. When we asked about the risks of waiting longer than 40 weeks, the doctor didn't give us much information - it felt like she was just fobbing us off. Can anyone give us pointers to studies or other info that will give us a better understanding of the risks of waiting for spontaneous labour?
posted by wilberforce to health & fitness (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife's fit and healthy, and other than the whole crazy IVF experience the pregnancy's been straightforward so far. I guess one other factor is her age - she'll be 37 by the due date.
Searching the internet has turned up a lot of forum posts with people discussing the policy, but not many links to actual data. Thanks for any help!